0635 GMT February 21, 2019
Ayatollah Khamenei made the comments in a meeting on Thursday with the commanders and personnel of Iran’s Air Force and the country’s Khatam al-Anbia Air Defense Base, Press TV reported.
The enemy is bent on “preventing the revolution’s continuation and perseverance; it uses any means at its disposal” to achieve that goal, said the Leader.
Ayatollah Khamenei noted that apart from the cyberspace, the enemy resorts to sanctions to have impact on the Iranian people’s lives, but they have so far failed to weaken their faith in the Revolution as the nation has remained vigilant in the face of such schemes.
Despite all the enmities, the Islamic Revolution is “alive and growing,” Ayatollah Khamenei stressed.
The Leader drew attention to the upcoming nationwide rallies marking the 39th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, saying there will be a stronger turnout this year against the backdrop of recent hostile positions of US officials against the Islamic Republic.
“Given the nonsense statements by some US officials, the [Iranian] people feel that the enemy is waiting in ambush for aggression and hostility,” Ayatollah Khamenei said. “This year, the participation of people will be more vigorous than ever and everyone will take part, God willing.”
Ayatollah Khamenei further called on the country’s officials to step up their efforts to uproot corruption and discrimination and work to improve people’s lives.
The Islamic Revolution is a “popular” one; therefore, people must be given priority on any agenda, the Leader emphasized.
The Leader said that the Americans have created the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group and the current US president had referred to the issue in his election campaign.
"In addition to creating Daesh, the Americans supported them and brutal US organizations like Blackwater were probably responsible for teaching them some violent and brutal measures, but despite all these brutalities and cruelties the US government claims to be a defender of human rights and the oppressed and the rights of animals in its international propaganda," he said.
Ayatollah Khamenei also stated, "Today, the US administration is the cruelest organization in the world that is even worse than the brutal Daesh [terrorists]."
The Leader also described the 70-year-long US oppression against the Palestinian nation and its support for the Saudi killing of the Yemenis as obvious examples of the US oppression.
"Yemen's infrastructure and the oppressed people of the country are being bombarded daily by US allies with US weapons, but the US government does not protest or pay heed and instead shamelessly makes the baseless claim of Iran sending missiles by showcasing several metal parts," he said.
"While the people of Yemen are under a siege, how is it possible to send missiles?" he asked.
On November 4, 2017 a missile fired from Yemen targeted King Khalid International Airport near the Saudi capital, Riyadh.
In December, US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley presented a charred tube and other material that she claimed were from the Iranian-made ballistic missile. She claimed that the “evidence” proved Iran’s violation of United Nations resolutions which banned the transfer of weapons to Yemen's Houthi Ansarullah fighters.
Both Iran and the Houthis have strongly denied the claim.
Moreover, a panel appointed by the UN Security Council said that it had seen no evidence to support the claims that missiles had been transferred to the Houthis by external sources.